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Stucco and vinyl are the most common exterior wall materials on homes started in 2018, according to data from the Census Bureau's Survey of Construction (SOC). Vinyl and siding (26%) were used on the majority of new homes in 2018, followed by brick or brick veneered and fiber-cement siding, according the the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Eye on Housing blog.

Far smaller shares of single family homes started last year had wood or wood products (5%) or stone or rock (1%) as the principal exterior wall material.

The Census Bureau’s SOC data is available by the nine census divisions and there are substantial differences in the use of siding across divisions. Vinyl siding was the most widely used primary exterior material in 4 out of 9 census divisions. In the Middle Atlantic and New England, 74% of the new homes started in 2018 used vinyl siding. In the East and West North Central divisions, vinyl siding accounted for 65 and 48% respectively.

Stucco was the most common widely used as the primary exterior wall material in the Pacific, Mountain and South Atlantic divisions in 2018: 59%, 52% and 35%, respectively, of the new single family homes started in those areas used it. Brick or brick veneer was the top choice in East and West South Central divisions. In the West South Central, 69% of the new single-family homes started in 2018 used Brick or brick veneer as the primary exterior material, compared to 46% in East South Central division.

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